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Republican Senator Thomas Libous introduced a resolution electing Democratic Senator Pedro Espada as president pro tempore and Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos as Senate majority leader, ousting Queens Democrat Smith, who had been elected to both positions in January. Espada was one of the "Gang of Four" Democrats who withheld support of Smith shortly after the November election, imperiling Democrats' hold on the majority and delaying their transition for months That was the backdrop for the coup, which was the brainchild of mercurial billionaire B. Thomas Golisano, founder of the payroll outsourcing finn Paychex and a three-time unsuccessful candidate for governor. Even after he threw his support behind Smith in January, Espada clashed with Senate leadership over office space, resources, discretionary grants, and bills being stalled in the housing committee, which Espada chaired.
Showdown in Albany Irene Jay Liu State Legislatures; Sep 2009; 35, 8; Docstoc pg. 26 Reproduced with permission of the copyr
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